January is an interesting month for me. I always try to start each year ‘fresh’ and with a new perspective, but sometimes baggage from the former year still weighs me down. To truly enjoy January and embrace the year ahead, I find I first have to make some adjustments to different aspects of my life. Nothing too drastic, but it’s amazing how shaking up your routine and making a few changes can refresh your perspective completely.
After a couple of trial and error situations, here are my favourite ways to hit the metaphorical ‘reset’ button on your life:
Take a break from cyberspace and all techy gadgets. Put down the laptop and back away from Twitter and Instagram. If you’re a blogger, try scheduling some posts in advance and just taking a genuine break from it all. Throughout January everyone tends to talk about their plans and goals and if they’re not in line with your own ideals, things can start to feel a little (or a lot) overwhelming. Before you know it, you’re comparing yourself and your life to others and that never leads anywhere good. Pick up a book, draw, paint, organise or do anything else that you find enjoyable that’s not related to cyberspace. Taking tech-breaks like this really helps me to get some perspective because it allows me to hone in on what I want from the year, without being influenced by anyone else and what they’re doing. It also feels amazing to not constantly be looking at screens!
One of my favourite easy ways to re-spark my interest in beauty for the new year is to change up my routine. To get yourself out of the “I use the same 5 products every day” rut, try watching different makeup tutorials on Youtube to get inspired and go from there. It’s funny how doing simple things like rocking a bold lip more often or trying cat-eyed liner can me feel like I’m updating my whole take on beauty.
To refresh your wardrobe, when shopping try on clothes that you may not have gravitated toward right off the bat. By doing this I’ve actually found some clothes that I love, but usually never would’ve picked out for myself in a million years.
I never realise how much my surroundings affect me until I get back from a long trip and everything just feels a little…stale. When I’m in a space and I see the same things arranged in the same way every day, I tend to have the same kinds of thoughts and that really cripples my creativity. To freshen things up you don’t necessarily have to buy anything new, just try rearranging a few pieces here and there, shift around the furniture, switch up the decor or change the pictures on the walls. Switching things up (even just a little) helps me feel much more inspired and less stifled.
Just in general, moving your body is supposed to help you to feel refreshed, but if you’re reluctantly doing the same exercises over and over again exercising can start to have the opposite effect. One of the main reasons why I exercise is because of that feeling afterwards. I feel accomplished, more positive, motivated and let’s be real I feel pretty kickass as well (just me?). If you’re not feeling that feeling, then chances are whatever you’re doing probably isn’t right for you and there’s no point carrying on with that for another year. 50 squats? Nope not for me. Running? I wish. Get creative- think boxing, kickboxing, rock climbing, pilates, hiking, martial arts, old school aerobics workouts or line dancing- seriously there’s something for everyone.
Travel! I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a lot in my life and I strongly believe that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without those trips. Each time I go somewhere new, seeing the different cultures, trying different foods, meeting new people and exploring the surroundings honestly makes me feel excited about life, but you don’t have to go half way around the world to feel the same way. I consider going anywhere that’s not your usual surroundings to be travelling, so even if you drive an hour away from home and just go for a walk or try a new cafe, you can still get that buzz of being somewhere new, you just have to be open to it.
They say change is the spice of life, right? Well they must be onto something because shaking up just a few things here and there always helps me to feel refreshed and excited for the year ahead.
What are your favourite ways to ‘refresh’ your life?